DreamEden is a political novel written by Linda Ty Casper and published by the University of Washington Press in 1997. It treads the lives of people as they cope with the socio-political changes after Martial Law.
Benhur Vitaliano is an attorney who works in Manila for his childhood friend Osong Moscoso. Both hail from the small barrio of Gulod found at the fringes of Manila. Benhur tries to survive as an honest and dignified man amidst the political chaos and corruption marring the country. Osong, on the other hand, seeks to further his interests by playing by the distorted rules of society. The contrast between the two men is accompanied by the juxtaposition of various social conditions and historical events, including the 1986 Elections, EDSA Revolution and the 1989 Coup d' etat. Interspersed with Benhur's story are stories of those who lived through and fought against Martial Law.
A review by Publishers Weekly described the book as “ambitious but overburdened”, and said its newswire report-style narrative is crushed by events in the public world. However, reviews by Filipino literary critics praised it for its storytelling.
In his analysis, Francisco Arcellana said the book is “neither paradise lost nor paradise regained” but “Eden earned”. He also cited its relevance to the Philippine body of literary works, because the EDSA People Power Revolution not only had national implications, but international as well.
Another analysis which appeared in the Philippine Studies journal said that DreamEden affirms that nations are held together by people who are faithful to their country as well as people who have vision, moral sense and courage, not leaders nor political parties.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Book Summary. Accessed 13 May 2008.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 World Literature Today. Accessed 13 May 2008.
- ↑ DreamEden. Amazon.com. Accessed 31 May 2021.
- ↑ Galdon, Joseph. DreamEden, by Ty-Casper. In Philippine Studies, Vol. 46, No. 3 (1998): 396-397. Ateneo de Manila University.
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